Zao Wou-Ki

Zao Wou-Ki, whose real name is T’chao Wou-Ki, is one of those painters where a double influence deeply marks his work. Anchored between two inspirations since he was fifteen years old, Zao Wou-ki is the painter who masters Chinese and Western techniques like no other. Indeed, he made his first steps at the Hangzhou School of Fine Arts among Chinese and European professors. On the strength of this apprenticeship, he went to Paris in 1948 where he trained his eye and forged his style by admiring the masterpieces of the Louvre. Zao Wou-Ki remains one of the few artists to have enjoyed dazzling success during his lifetime. Retrospectives, major exhibitions, catalogues raisonnées, commissions from the Manufacture de Sèvres, he is the painter of all the internationally renowned successes. However, despite this recognition, Zao Wou-Ki did not forget the country that welcomed him in his youth and obtained French nationality in 1962.

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From his abstract canvases to his powerful Indian ink drawings, Zao Wou-Ki is a master of an art with a double dimensionality. For several years now, the works of the artist entrusted to the wise hands of the Contemporary Art Department have each time achieved more than convincing results that rival without blushing those of Hong Kong or Beijing. In June 2015, the auction house Aguttes recorded a remarkable result of €535,500 for an oil on canvas by the artist.
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